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Dog friendly Cornwall

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Dogs in Cornwall

Cornwall is not only a great place for families, couples and independent travellers but also for our four-legged friends. Why leave your dog at home when Cornwall is the ideal place to enjoy with your family pet.

Cornwall welcomes dogs with its miles and miles of glorious sandy beaches, scenic coves with rock pools, hundreds of miles of public footpaths and fascinating trails, rugged moorland, acres of woodland and not forgetting the Cornwall Coast Path.

If you're going cycling along any of Cornwall's multi-use trails such as the beautiful Camel Trail, your dog can go with you, even if he's getting on a bit and not so good on his legs anymore. Dog buggies can be hired to tow behind your bicycle.

All types of accommodation throughout Cornwall welcome dogs as do many pubs and restaurants.

Of Cornwall's hundreds of beaches at least 159 welcome dogs all year round, 47 have seasonal restrictions between Easter and the 1st of October and only 7 beaches do not allow dogs at any time of the year. Of the seasonal restrictions, 32 only restrict dogs between 7am - 7pm or 8am - 7pm so there are plenty of beaches for you and your dog to enjoy whatever time of year you choose to visit.

As dog owners ourselves we know how much our own dog loves being in Cornwall: meeting up with doggy friends while playing ball on the beach, enjoying a splash while bounding through the waves and experiencing the new smells of the countryside on coastal foot paths and moorland walks.

During the summer months many towns and villages in Cornwall hold country fairs and village fetes with dog shows awarding everything from fun, waggiest tail to more formal, pedigree events. Cornwall even holds its own dog festival, where your dog can invite you along to enjoy the day (dog and owner entertainments on the day).

How to use this website to find dog friendly places to stay, dog friendly beaches, dog friendly pubs and dog friendly attractions and places to visit. Wondering where you can take your dog in Cornwall?

See the information below for details of beaches, our map of dog friendly beaches and seasonally restricted beaches and other dog friendly locations in Cornwall to help you plan your holiday.

For dog friendly accommodation, visitor attractions, pubs and more dog friendly places see our adjacent listings.

You can also use the 'Search intoCornwall.com' tool on the top of all our pages to search for dog friendly accommodation and locations. Just enter dog friendly in the box and click Search.

Seaton and Downderry Beaches

Seaton and Downderry Beaches


with Partial or All Year Dog Bans

1Cadgwith Cove (South)Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
2Carbis Bay1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
3Castle BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
4Cawsand BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
5Chapel PorthEaster Day - 1st October 
6CharlestownAll Year Ban 
7Crackington HavenEaster Day - 1st October 
8Crinnis BeachAll year Ban 
9CrookletsEaster Day - 1st October 
10Duporth BeachAll year Ban 
11East Looe BeachAll year Ban 
12Fiinygook BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
13Godrevy1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
14GreenawaysEaster Day - 1st October 
15Gunwalloe Church CoveEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
16Gwithian1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
17Gyllyngvase BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
18Hawkers CoveEaster Day - 1st October 
19Hayle Towans1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
20Housel BayEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
21Kennack Sands (west side near the car park)Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
22Kiberick CoveDogs are not allowed on Kiberick Cove beach between Easter Day and October 1st 
23Lansallos CoveEaster Day - 1st October 
24Loe BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
25Lusty Glaze1st May - 30th September 
26Maenporth BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
27Marazion1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
28Marsland MouthEaster Day - 1st October 
29Men-averEaster Day - 1st October 
30Millendreath BeachAll year Ban 
31MouseholeAll year ban in harbour 
32Mousehole (outside harbour)1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
33Old Town Bay1st May - 30th September 
34Pentewan BeachAll year Ban 
35Penzance1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
36Perranuthnoe1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
37PoldhuEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
38PolgaverEaster Day - 1st October 
39Polkerris BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
40Polurrian CoveEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
41PolzeathEaster Day - 1st October 
42Port QuinEaster Day - 1st October 
43PortcewEaster Day - 1st October 
45Porth (Newquay) 
46Porth (St Columb Porth) 
47Porth Beach 
48Porth Beach 
49Porth Chapel1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
50Porthcressa1st May - 30th September 
51Porthcurno1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
52Porthgwarra1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
53Porthgwidden1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
54Porthleven WestEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
55Porthmellon1st May - 30th September 
56Porthmeor Beach1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
57Porthminster1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
58Porthpean BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
59PorthtowanEaster Day - 1st October 
60PortreathEaster Day - 1st October 
61PortwrinkleEaster Day - 1st October 
62Praa SandsEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
63Priests Cove Cape Cornwall1st April - 1st October 
64Readymoney BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
65Rock BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
66Sennen Cove and Harbour1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
67St Anthony in MeneageEaster Day - 1st October 
68St Ives Harbour1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
69St. George's WellEaster Day - 1st October 
70Summers BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
71Swanpool BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
72Tattams BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
73Tavern BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
74Tolcarne1st May - 30th September 
75TrevoneEaster Day - 1st October 
76Whitehouse BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
77Widemouth BayEaster Day - 1st October (North Beach Only) 

  Dog Friendly Beaches
where dogs are allowed all year round.

(always check if your dog needs to be kept on a lead)

1Apple Tree BeachDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
3Bassett's Cove 
4Bathinghouse PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
5Beady Pool 
6Bedruthan Steps 
7Benoath Cove 
8Boat Cove 
9Booby's Bay 
10Bossiney Haven 
11Bread & Cheese Cove 
12Bream Cove 
13Cadgwith Cove East 
14Caerthillian Cove 
15Carleon Cove 
16Carne BeachDogs must be kept on leads between 9am and 6pm 
17Castle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
18Cellars Beach 
19Clodgy Point 
20Colona Beach 
21Constantine Bay 
22Cook's PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
23Coombe Beach 
24Cot Valley Beach (Porth Nanven) 
25Cove Vean 
27Cradle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
29Creek Stephen Beach 
30Daymer Bay 
31Dollar Cove 
33Dropnose Porth 
36Eastern Green 
37Epphaven Cove 
39Gatamala Cove 
40Gew Graze 
41Gillian Harbour 
42Gorran HavenDogs must be kept on a lead, Easter to Sep 30th 
43Great Bay 
44Great Porth 
45Great Western (Towan) 
46Grebe Beach 
47Green Bay 
48Green PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
49Gunwalloe Fishing Cove 
50Gurnards Head 
54Harlyn Bay 
56Holocombe Beach 
57Holywell Bay 
58Hor Point 
59Kennack Sands East 
60Kenneggy Sands 
62Kitchen Porth 
63Lambeth Walk 
64Lamorna Cove 
65Lansallos Beach 
66Lantic Bay 
67Lantivet Beach 
68Lawrence's Bay 
69Little Fistral 
70Little Porth Beach 
71Loe Bar 
73Lundy Beach 
74Mawgan Porth 
75Mexico Towans 
76Millook Haven 
77Mother Ivey's Bay 
78Mullion Cove 
80Newtrain Bay 
81Northcott Mouth 
82Ogo Dour Cove 
83Oldhouse Cove 
84Palace Cove near Lantivet Beach 
85Par Beach 
86Par Beach 
87Parson's Beach 
88Pedn Vounder 
89Penberth Cove 
90Pendower BeachDogs should be on leads between 9am and 6pm from the 1st May until the 30th September 
91Pentire Steps 
92Pentle BayDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
93Pentreath Beach 
94Periglis Beach 
95Perpitch Beach 
96PerranporthDogs must be kept on short leads
July to September between 10am and 5pm 
97Perransands or Penhale Beach (Perran Beach) 
98Peter's Point 
99Pill Creek Beach 
100Piskies Cove 
101Plaidy Beach 
103Polpeor Cove 
105Polridmouth Beach 
107Porth Askin 
108Porth Beor 
109Porth Conger 
110Porth Coose 
111Porth Joke 
112Porth Killier 
113Porth Saxon Beach 
114Porthallack Beach 
115Porthbean Beach 
116Porthcothan Bay 
117Porthcurnick Beach 
118Portheras Cove 
119Porthkidney Sands 
123PortloeDogs are allowed on Portloe Beach all year round 
125Prisk Cove 
126Progo Beach 
127Prussia Cove 
128Ravens PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
129Riviere Towans 
130Rosemullion Beach 
132Rushy Bay 
133Rushy PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
134Salt Ponds 
135Sandy Mouth 
137Skinner's Ball Beach 
138Spit Beach 
139St Warner's Cove 
140Stanbury Mouth 
141Steps Beach 
142Stinking Porth 
143Stony Porth 
144SummerleazeDogs must be kept on leads, 21st May to 30th Septempber 10am - 6pm 
145Talland BayDogs must be kept on leads 
146Temis Cove 
147The Bar 
148The Bar 
149The Cove 
150The Cove 
151The Strangles 
152Town Beach 
153Trebarwith Strand 
154Treen Cove 
155Tregantle Beach 
156Trenow Cove 
157Trevaunance CoveDogs must be kept on leads 
159Trevelyan Cove 
160Treyarnon Bay 
161Upton to St Peter's Point 
163Venton Cove 
164Watch House Cove 
165Watergate Bay 
166West Portholland 
167Wherrytown Larigan river to Newlyn 
168Whitsand Bay 
169Widemouth Bay (South beach only) 

Before You Travel

Check with your accommodation to make sure you know their policy on accepting pets. Think about what you'll do with your dog whilst visiting restaurants or attractions that do not accept dogs. If you're travelling by public transport check the travel company's policy on carrying dogs.

Trains in the UK will allow two dogs per passenger at no extra charge provided the dogs are kept on a lead or in a basket and they do not cause inconvenience to other passengers or staff. A charge will be made for per extra dog if the allowance is exceeded.

Buses and trains in Cornwall do allow dogs. Coaches to Cornwall do not allow dogs except for guide dogs, hearing dogs or assistance dogs.

Travelling by Car

Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle, even for a short time, when it's warm or hot outside. Dogs left in warm cars will suffer from heat exhaustion and could die. If you have to leave your dog alone in your car at any other time, leave a note stating when you will be returning to your vehicle and do return on time. This will avoid concerned members of the public from contacting the RSPCA or Police to free the dog.

Travelling from the EU

If you are bringing your dog on holiday with you you must comply with UK Pets Travel Scheme (PETS)

Before travelling to the UK, you must take your dog to a vet so that it can be:

  • fitted with a microchip
  • vaccinated against rabies
  • issued with a pet passport (if it's travelling in the EU) or has a third country veterinary certificate

Dogs must also be treated by a vet for tapeworm, not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before its scheduled time of entry into the UK.

You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling.

Once these steps are carried out, you can travel from most EU countries and some non-EU countries

If you are travelling from an Unlisted Country

An 'unlisted' country is any country not included in the list of EU or non-EU countries. You need to take extra steps if you return from an unlisted country

You must book your return journey in advance with a PETS-approved sea, air or rail route.

Most major ferry companies, airlines and rail operators are approved.

For full details please check: www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach

When in Cornwall

If your dog is elderly or frail it will be better to exercise them during cooler times of the day such as early morning or late evening to avoid over exerting them in hot weather. The law requires that all dogs wear a collar and tag with the name and address of their owner. You may find it useful to place a temporary tag on your dog with the address of your holiday accommodation. If your dog goes missing in Cornwall please contact the Cornwall Dog Welfare Service on the number below.

Be responsible and keep your dog under control. Depending on the circumstances or the location short leads, extending leads or even off lead may be appropriate. Remember, you may know your dog is friendly and just likes to greet people but a family on the beach with small children may find the sight of your Great Dane bounding towards them somewhat daunting.

Useful numbers

RSPCA in Cornwall

Tel: 01637 881455 Day

24-Hr Cruelty Line 0300 1234 999

Cornwall Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service

If you lose your dog while visiting Cornwall: 0300 1234 212

Police 101

Animal Rescue Centres in Cornwall

Vets in Cornwall

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Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach


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Chapel Porth Beach allows dogs from 1st October until Easter Day 



Some beaches have a partial dog ban at certain times of the year. Look out for these signs.



Place your bagged dog waste in the red dog bin. Dog bins are usually located adjacent to the beach or walking areas.

Cornwall Council's One Stop Shops have dog waste bags available at £2 per 100

The One Stop Shops
are located in:

St Austell
St Ives



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Maps of Cornwall :

The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are ideal for walkers.

Scale 1 : 25 000
2.5 inches to 1 mile /
4cm to 1km.

Available in local bookshops or click on the links below to order online.

Those covering Cornwall:

Map of Isles of Scilly:

101 Isles of Scilly


For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

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